IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Joseph L. White, a psychologist, social activist, and teacher who helped pioneer the field of black psychology to counter what he saw as rampant ignorance and prejudice in the profession, has died. He was 84.
White, who lived in Irvine, died of a heart attack on Nov. 21 near Chicago during a flight to St. Louis to see his daughter for Thanksgiving, said Tom Vasich, a spokesman for the University of California, Irvine, where White was a professor for decades.
White was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1932 but grew up in Minneapolis. He enrolled at San Francisco State College in 1950 after working his way west as a waiter on a passenger train.
He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State in 1962, becoming one of only a handful of blacks in the nation to hold a doctorate in clinical psychology.
“When I left the program, I was what you call a black Anglo-Saxon. I was the nicest Negro you ever wanted to see” but prejudice changed him into “a militant Negro,” he recalled.
With a wife and three children, he tried to find a home and an office in Long Beach, California but was repeatedly turned down despite having a …read more
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